2013-06-22 at 8:46:27 am #2005
HP’s Fiorina stood up by Argentina’s President
HP World Our First HP tidbit comes not from the HP World conference being held here this week but from a couple of South American papers.
This information is a tad stale, but was missed entirely by US and European tech press corps and so deserves a mention a now. It turns out that during a recent visit to South America, HP’s CEO Carly Fiorina was snubbed by Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner. Fiorina was forced to wait between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the report, for a meeting with Kirchner. After the Prez failed to show in that time, Fiorina tucked away her notebook and made a run for the door. In the end, the two powers never met.
"Kirchner should never stand up any lady for nearly an hour and least of all the superpower’s most famous businesswoman when he himself is the CEO of a country in default," wrote the Buenos Aires Herald. "Kirchner’s poor punctuality deserves to be made an issue because it is a constant."
Given Fiorina’s ties to the Bush administration and suspected political ambitions, it might have been in Kirchner’s best interests to give the pink slip princess a nod and a hello.
Now on to the show.
Carly, can you hear me?
Fiorina was noticeably absent from the HP World conference. Just a week before the show, HP posted disappointing third quarter results that left many wondering what the company would do to right itself. A speech from the eloquent and convincing Fiorina may have helped assure the HP customer base that all is proceeding as planned.
Instead, HP only sent in Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP’s Technology Solutions Group, to deliver a keynote. Livermore is typically an able hand, but she let down the HP World audience this year by ignoring the issues facing HP and delivering an extended advertisement instead.
In the past, HP has sent in the heads of its software, hardware, services and R&D divisions to address HP World, but it has been slim pickings this year.
* Post was edited: 2004-08-24 09:39:00